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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 

SAMJO'R'D TANTVT'RSlTy 
Birmingham, Alabama 

Tennessee River Missionary 
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FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION 



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Tennessee River Baptist Association, 



HELD WITH 



JACKSON COUNTY, ALABAMA, 

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September 30th, October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 1898 



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The next Session of the Association will be held with the 
Baptist Church, Harmony, Jackson County, Ala., com- 
mencing on Friday after the Fourth Sunday in 
Sept. 1899, at LI o'clock, a. m. 



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OFFICERS 

Preston Brown, Moderator, - - 
Jno. T. Richards, Clerk, - - - 
Milton Roach, Treasurer, - - 



Hollywood, Ala. 

- Pisgah, Ala. 

- Fackler, Ala. 



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Excutive Committee of Tennessee Riv*r Baplist Association 

P. Brown, Jno. T. Richawds, Milton Roach, J. A. Eaves, 

W. L Crawford, J. J. Cunningham, C. Howell, 

E. J. D. Kennedy, Milton Morris, and 

W\ B. Camprell. 



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FRIDAY, FIRST DAY. 
11 a. m., Introductory by Rev. J. M. McCord, with J. A. Eaves, 

alternate. 

ORGANIZATION. 

1. Reading Letters and Enrollment of Delegates. 

2. Election of Officers. 

3. Reception of New Churches. 

4. Invite Correspondents and Visitors of same Faith to seats. 
5., Appointment of Special Committees. 

6. (1.) Religious Services. 

7. (2.) Obituaries. 

8. (3.) Finance. 

SATURDAY, SECOND DAY. 

9. Appoint new Executive Board. 

10. Appoint Standing Committees. 

11. Select place for next meeting. 

12. Select brother to preach Annual Sermon, and his alter- 
nate. 

Call for Reports of Standing Committees in their order as 

follows : 

1. Associational Work. 

2. State Mission. 

3. Home Mission. 

4. Foreign Mission. 

5. Ministerial and Denominational Education. 

6. "Woman's Work. 

7. Sunday School Work. 

8. Religious Literature. 

9. Temperance. 

10. Report of Executive Board. 

11. Miscellaneous Business. 

12. Resolutions. 

13. Adjournment. 



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. BEECH GROVE, September 30, 1898. 

The Tennessee River Baptist Association met this the 30th 
day of September, 1898, at 11 o'clock a. m., with the Beech Grove 
Baptist Church, in its Forty-first Annual Session. The intro- 
ductory services of the Association were opened by singing, 
"Jesus, Lover of My Soul." 

Brother W. L. Crawford, who was elected at the last annual 
session to preach the introductory sermon, being present, read 
from the 16th chapter of St. Matthew. At the conclusion of the 
reading the Association was led in prayer by Bro. Preston Brown. 
After prayer the congregation sang, "The Gates Will Open Wide." 
The brother selected as his text the 19th verse of the 16th chapter 
of Matthew : "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom 
of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be 
bound in heaven ; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earili shall 
be loosed in heaven." 

The brother preached a model introductory sermon, full of 
profound thought and truth, practical throughout, permeated 
with a magnetism of manner peculiarly his own — a product of 
careful investigation, shorn of any glittering generalities, well 
timed and forcibly impressed by the speaker and enjoyed by all 
who heard it. At the conclusion of the sermon the congregation 
sung, "When I can read my title clear, to mansions in the skies.', 



PROCEEDINGS- 



afterxoox SESSION. 

1st. After a few remarks by Brother Preston Brown, the 
Association, in the absence of the Moderator, J.J. Beeson, whom 
God had saw fit to remove from our midst, was called to order by 
Jno. T. Richards, Clerk. 

2nd. On motion Brother Preston Brown was elected Moder- 
ator pro tern., whereupon the Moderator appointed W. L. Craw- 
ford and J. H. Varnell to read the church letters, when the fol- 
lowing churches responded by letter and delegates, or by letter : 

1. Bridgeport — No letter or delegate. 

2. Bethel — Newton Garner. 

3. Beech Grove — Alexander Sisk, O. M. Watson, ST. J. Gattis, 
A. W. Pogue, W. D. Scott, B. F. Jacks. 



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PROGRAM. 



FRIDAY, FIRST DAY. 
11 a. m., Introductory by Rev. J. M. McCord, with J. A. Eaves, 

alternate. 

ORGANIZATION. 

1. Reading Letters and Enrollment of Delegates." 

2. Election of Officers. 

• 3. Reception of New Churches. 

4. Invite Correspondents and Visitors of same Faith to seats. 

5. Appointment of Special Committees. 

6. (1.) Religious Services. 

7. (2.) Obituaries. 

8. (3.) Finance. 

SATURDAY, SECOND DAY. 

9. Appoint new Executive Board. 

10. Appoint Standing Committees. 

11. Select place for next meeting. 

12. Select brother to preach Annual Sermon, and his alter- 
nate. 

Call for Reports of Standing Committees in their order as 

follows : 

1. Associational Work. 

2. State Mission. 

3. Home Mission. 

4. Foreign Mission. 

5. Ministerial and Denominational Education. 

6. Woman's Work. 

7. Sunday School Work. 

8. Religious Literature. 

9. Temperance. 

10. Report of Executive Board. 

11. Miscellaneous Business. 

12. Resolutions. 

13. Adjournment. 



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inSTTpF^CDrDlLJOTCDIR^r. 

BEECH GROVE, September 30, 1898. 

The Tennessee River Baptist Association met this the 30th 
day of September, 1898, at 11 o'clock a. m., with the Beech Grove 
Baptist Church, in its Forty-first Annual Session. The intro- 
ductory services of the Association were opened by singing, 
"Jesus, Lover of My Soul." 

Brother W. L. Crawford, who was elected at the last annual 
session to preach the introductory sermon, being present, read 
from the 16th chspter of St. Matthew. At the conclusion of the 
reading the Association was led in prayer by Bro. Preston Brown. 
After prayer the congregation sang, "The Gates Will Open Wide." 
The brother selected as his text the 19th verse of the 16th chapter 
of Matthew : "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom 
of heaven ; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earih shall be 
bound in heaven ; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earih shall 
be loosed in heaven." 

The brother preached a model introductory sermon, full of 
profound thought and truth, practical throughout, permeated 
with a magnetism of manner peculiarly his own — a product of 
careful investigation, shorn of any glit:ering generalities, well 
timed and forcibly impressed by the speaker and enjoyed by all 
who heard it. At. the conclusion of the sermon the congregation 
sung, "When I can read my title clear, to mansions in the skies.*. 



PROCEEDINGS 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

1st. After a few remarks by Brother Preston Brown, the 
Association, in the absence of the Moderator, J. J. Beeson, whom 
God had saw fit to remove from our midst, was called to order by 
Jno. T. Richards, Clerk. 

2nd. On motion Brother Preston Brown was elected Moder- 
ator pro tern., whereupon the Moderator appointed W. L. Craw- 
ford and J. H. Varnell to read the church letters, when the fol- 
lowing churches responded by letter and delegates, or by letter : 

1. Bridgeport — No letter or delegate. 

2. Bethel — Newton Garner. 

3. Beech Grove — Alexander Sisk, O. M. Watson, N. J. Gattis, 
A. W. Pogue, W. D. Scott, B. F. Jacks. 



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4. Centennial— D. A. Carlisle, S. B. Gambel, W. M. Chan- 
dler. 

5. Cbnter Point — F. McClendon, Thomas Barbee. 

6. Cave Spring — Isaac Mathews. 

7. Freedom— Samuel Butler, W. T. Trice, Home Rich, Willie 
Hall, Thomas Hall. 

8. Friendship — Milton Roach. 

9. Gurley — F. R. Beeson. 

10. Goose Pond— Wm. Myers, F. J. Mills. 

11. Harmony— W. B. Campbell, James Proctor, C. M. Higgin- 
botham. 

12. Hollywood — Thomas Furgerson. 

13. Larkinsville— E. P. Co wart, A. W. Woosley. 

14. Mt. Nebo— J. J. Cunningham, W. Howell, J. T. Tavlor. 
16. Mt. Zion — Milton Morris, Irving Weatherly. 

16. Mt. Pisgah— W. D. Rorex, B. M. Bradford. 

17. Mt. Moriah— T. K. Stephens, J. T. Bray, G. M. Siler. 

18. Mt. Ararat— J. A. Berry, W. E. Glover. 

19. Mt. Tabor— J. H. Fuller. 

20. Mountain (jlrore— J. Stewart. 

21. McCoy's Grove — Represented by letter. 

22. New Hope — G. M. Rorex, J. F. Terry. 

23. Pleasant View — Not represented. 

24. Scottsboro— Represented by letter. 

25. Ship of Zion — Not represented. 

26. Trenton— W. A. Webb. 



MINISTERIAL DELEGATES PRESENT. 
P. Brown, D. S. Collins, R. M. Higginbotham, M, Hill, R. 
Howell, Crawford Howell, J. M. McCord, W. L. Crawford, J. A. 
Eaves, Jno. T. Richards, J. H. Varneil. Total number of dele- 
gates preseit, 57. 



ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR. 

MODERATOR. CLERK AND TREASURER. , 

3rd. Brother Samuel Butler nominated Brother P. Brown 
for Moderator, Jno. T. Richards for Clerk, Milton Roach for 
Treasurer, and moved that they be elected by acclamation, which 
was unanimously adopted. 

After a few well-timed remarks by the Moderator he called 
for petitionary letters. None received. 



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4th. Invitation was then made to corresponding messengers 
and visiting brethren of the same faith and order to seats with 
tho Association, when Brother Uorton. from Mt. Carmel Associa- 
tion, and W. E. Baker, from the Duck River Association, and J. 
W. Sandlin, State Evangelist, were recognized by the Moderator 
extending the hand of fellowship. 

5th. The Moderator then announced the following special 
committees, viz. : 

Religious Services — Rev. C. Howell and Deacons of Beech 
Grove Church. 

Obituaries — Isaac Mathews and J. T. Bray. 

Finance — D. S. Collins and J. A. Berry. 

The Committee on Religious Services announced that Rev. 
R. Howell would preach at this church tonight, Rev. M. Hill at 
Cerder tonight and Rev. J. M. McCord tomorrow at 11 o'clock 
a. m. at this church. 

6th. On motion the Association adjourned fill o'clock to- 
morrow morning, with prayer by Rev. R. Howell. 



SECOND DAY, SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 1898. 

MORNING SESSION. 

7th. The Association met according to adjournment. The 
congregation sang, ''Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound," led 
by D. S. Collins, prayer bv M. Hill. The Moderator then called 
the Association to order promptly at 9 o'clock a. m. 

8th. On motion the Moderator was instructed to invite vis- 
iting brethren to seats with us, giving him this authority at any 
time during the session without further motion. Brother N. Gar- 
ner, from Bethel church, was recognized as a member of the body. 

9th. On motion of Brother J. M. McCord the Moderator was 
requested to appoint a committee on ministerial institute work. 
Whereupon he appointed J. M. McCord and W. C. Crawford, to 
report at-the sitting of this body. 

10th. On motion a special memorial service in honor of Rev. 
J. J. Beeson, deceased, was appointed for 11 o'clock tomorrow. 
On motion Brothers P. Brown and W. L. Crawford were selected 
to conduct the services. 

11th. Brother J. M. McCord moved that the announcement 
made by the committee on religious services that there would be 
preaching today at 11 o'clock be withdrawn. Motion lost. 



6 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

12th. Preamble and resolutions were read by the Moderator 
in honor of Brother J. J. Beeson. deceased. A motion was of- 
fered that preamble and resolutions be spread upon the minutes, 
and a copy of the same be delivered the bereaved family of our 
departed brother. Motion adopted. 

13th. The Moderator requested the Clerk to call the names 
of the delegates then enrolled and correct the same, 57 being 
present. The Moderator then appointed standing committees: 

Associational Mission — J. H. Roach, J. F. McCarrel, Alvey 
Bryant. 

State Missions — J. M. McCord, F. It. Beeson. 

Home Mission— W. L. Crawford, P. Brown. 

Foreign Missions — R. Howell, John Roach. 

Dei >minational and Ministerial Education — W. H. Varnell, 
J.M.M Cord. 

Tei perance — Milton Roach, J. B. Campbell. 

Sum ay School. — J no. T. Richards, C. T. Roach. 

Woman's Work — J. A. Eaves, .7. J. Cunningham. 

Reli< ious Literature — A. Sisk, Crawford Howell. 

Orphanage— W. B. Campbell, Pleas Coffey. 

14th. The matter of choosing place and time of next meet- 
ing was next taken up. Mt. Ararat and Harmony having made 
application for it by letter were placed in nomination. The re- 
sult of the vote was : Harmony, 32 ; Ararat, 16. A motion was 
offered and adopted that this Asssociation meet with Harmony 
church on Friday after the fourth Sunday of next September, 
1899. 

15th. On motion Brother J. M. McCord was selected to 
preach the introductory sermon at next meeting, with J. A. Eaves 
alternate. 

16th. The Moderator then proceeded to call for reports from 
the standing committees : 

Report on Associational Mission being ready was read by W., 
L. Crawford, chairman ; discussed by W. L. Crawford, D. S. Col- 
lins, J. M. McCord, J. H. Fuller, R. Howell. On motion was 
adopted. 

REPORT ON ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS. 

Your committee beg leave to report that we find considera- 
ble destitutiou in the # bounds of the Tennessee River Association. 
Brethren, by all means we ought to have preaching done in those 
destitute places. Your executive committee has had preaching 



MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



done on Sand Mountain by Brother G. W. Morris, in Maynard's 
Cove by J. R. Lamb, in Boxes Cove by D. S. Collins. We have 
collected $27.27, expended $19.50, balance on hand $7.77. The 
committee has met regularly with the fifth Sunday -meeting and 
have done the best we could under the circumstances. We are 
very anxious .to enlist the whole Association in this work this 
year. We have had only a part of the churches of the Associa- 
tion engaged in this work. Now let us so adjust this matter so 
that all the churches can take a part of this work. 

W. L. Crawford. 

M. Hill. 

Report on Home Mission being ready was read by Milton 
Roach, chairman ; discussed by Brethren J. W. Sandlin, J. H. 
Varnell. Pending the discussion adjournment -was had for 
preaching. The congregation sang, "There Is a Fountain Filled 
With Blood." Brother J. M. McCord, who was appointed to 
preach, read from the 17th chapter of St. John — t*»xt, 21-22-23 
verses of the chapter read. The subject under di»cu.«sion was 
forcibly impressed by the brother and fully enjoyed by all. Re- 
cess for ten minutes. 

17th. The Association was called together by singing. 
Called to order by the Moderator. The subject of missions being 
still before the Association was further discussed by Brethren J. 
M. McCord, Samuel Butler, W. L. Crawford, F. R. Beeson. There 
being no reports ready on State and Foreign Mission, the whole 
mission work being under consideration was discussed in connec- 
tion witu Home Mission. 

18th. On motion the report on Home Mission was adopted. 
REPORT ON HOME MISSION. 

Your committee on Home Mission would say that the work 
assigned our Home Mission Board is second to none in import- 
ance, from the fact that it is the base of supplies for all other 
operations, as many of the strong churches were at first sustained 
or aided by the Home Mission Board. Churches in Washington, 
Richmond, Atlanta, Mobile, New Orleans, Nashville and many 
others were once the recipients of help from home mission — but 
.contributing now thousands of dollars to the various enterprises 
of our denomination. We learn that, in fourteen states, two ter- 
ritories and in Cuba 372 Southern Baptisjt missionaries are at 
work. Last year they baptized 4,709 persons, organized 139 new 
churches, and built 186 houses of worship, the churches of the 



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Southern Baptist Convention contributing $78,274 35. The work 
in Cuba, owing to the war, has doubtless been much retarded this 
year. Diaz and other prominent workers have been driven from 
the land. There are, however, other agencies at work — a school 
work in which there are now 200 pupils, most of whom have been 
led to the Savior, the Bible being taught in the schools; the hos- 
pital at Havana being another agency for good, fifty per cent, of 
its inmates being led to Christ. The work of home missionaries 
is to supply religious destitution in our own land wherever it 
exists, on the western and northwestern frontier, among the In-^ 
dians and the negroes, and our own race. In our own state there 
are three missionaries at work, sustained by the Home Board. 
Brethren, in our contributions and prayers let us remember Home 
Mission. M. Roach, ) 

B. Howell, V Committee. 

Pleas Coffey, ) 

19th. On motion the churches within the bounds of this 
Association were requested to take up a collection for State Mis- 
sions in the month of November and forward the same to W. C. 
Bledsoe. The Moderator then called for the report on Ministerial 
Education. Report read by J. M. McCord, chairman. The report 
was discussed by J. M. McCord in connection with Denomina- 
tional Education and adopted. 

REPORT ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The demand for an educated ministry was never greater than 
now. While this state of things exist it is gratifying to know 
that the sentiment in favor of higher education for preachers is 
growing among the masses. The Lord trains the heart, but it is 
left to man to train the mind. A cultured mind santilied by the 
grace of God makes the preacher a power for good. During the 
session of 1897-8 there were thirty-two young men in Howard 
College studying for the ministry. Seventeen of that number re- 
ceived help from the Board of Ministerial Education. 

This board is very careful in seeing that the young men who 
apply to it for aid are worthy. We recommend that worthy 
young men in this Association entering the ministry be encour- 
aged to take a course in Howard College. Second — 

We also recommend that each church in the Association ' 

take a collection for the Board of Ministerial Education. Send 
all inone.N for this board to Rev. W. A. Hobson, president, East 
Lake, Ala., or to Dr. C. C. Jones, treasurer, East Lake, Ala. 

J. M. McCord, Chairman. 



MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE BIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



The report on Orphans' Home being ready was read by the 
chairman. Your committee on Orphans' Home snbmit the fol- 
lowing report : 

That we have one located at Evergreen, under the control of 
a Board of Trustees appointed by the Alabama Baptist State Con- 
vention, of which Brother John W. Stewart is the financial 
agent. To this Sister Woodson was the best contributor. Sister 
Woodson in November, 1890, made known to the Baptist State 
Convention her intention to give all her real estate for the main- • 
tenance of a Baptist orphans' home in Alabama. The home was 
temporarily located at Evergreen, Ala., January 16, 1893, and 
opened in a small rented house, to receive the children from any 
part of the state. In November, 1895, it had received twenty-two 
children. The trustees decided to locate a home permanently 
after duly advertising for bids for ? location. Evergreen was 
chosen and property purchased, consisting of eighty acres of land 
lying on Main 6treet, thirty of which is in cultivation, thirty in 
pasture and twenty in woodland. The buildings were a ten- 
room brick structure and three tenant houses. The purchase 
price was $5,000, which, with interest on the deferred payments, 
amounted to $400. This debt was promptly paid. 

The boys are taught to do all kinds of farm work. The girls 
do various kinds of house work that is needful in every home. 
All that are old enough attend the Agricultural School, where no 
tuition is charged. The matriculation and incidental fee amount 
to $5.00 to $8.00 per year for each pupil. All attend Sunday 
school and church. Fourteen of them have joined the church 
and are active workers in the service of the Master. The cur- 
rent expenses amount to about $6.00 per month for each child. 
Since the home was started there has been received 41 boys and 
49 girls; out of the 41 boys two have gone by apprenticeship, 7 
girls and 11 boys by adoption, 11 girls and 1 boy have passed 
away by death in answer to the call of their Master. 

They have at present 18 boys and 31 girls, that are from 20 
counties as follows : Barbour, 3 ; Bibb, 2 ; Butler, 3 ; Chambers, 1 ; 
Conecuh, 3; Coviifgton, 8; Escambia, 11; Jefferson, 12: Lee, 6; 
Limestone, 1; Marengo, 4; Monroe, 4; Morgan, 3; Montgomery, 
2; Pike, 2; Russell, 1; Talladega, 8; Tallapoosa, 2; Tuscaloosa, 9; 
Walker, 6. 

There has been more improvements made since the purchase 
of 1895. There is another building of brick, also a good water 



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works for the use of the home. These improvements cost about 
$3,500, all of which has been paid except about $400. The home 
owes also about $4Q0 on current expenses, and Brother Stewart 
stated in a recent letter that money was greatly needed. We, 
your committee, earnestly recommend and request that a collec- 
tion be taken up for the benefit of the home at the present sitting 
of thi» Association, and that the same be forwarded to Rev. John 
W. Stewart, and also that the several churches composing the 
Tennessee Uiver Association take up a collection at their monthly 
meetings in December, 1898, for the benefit of the home and the 
children of our brethren and sisters who are there depending on 
us for help. Brethren, the Lord has said it is more blessed to 
give than receive. Therefore, let us do our duty and come up to 
the cry for help. Respectfully submitted, 

B. M. Bradford. 

Eugene Thomas. 
The report was discussed by Brethren J. W. bandlin and J. 
M. McCord and adopted. 

• 20th. On motion the Association adjourned at 4 p. m. until 
9 o'clock tomorrow, with prayer by Rev. W. I. Jacks, of North 
Liberty Association. 



THIRD DAY, SUNDAY, OCT. 2, 1898. 

MORNING SESSION. 

21st. Association met according to adjournment and called 
to order by the Moderator. A short time was devoted to religious 
services, after which a motion was offered to rescind the motion 
to preach a memorial sermon in honor of J.J. Beeson today at 11 
o'clock. Motion adopted. 

22nd. On motion Brother Sandlin, State Evangelist, was 
selected to preach a missionary sermon at 11 o'clock in this 
church, and Brother J. M. McCord to preach a missionary sermon 
at the Methodist church at the same hour. Motion adopted. 

At this point the report on Sunday School work was called 
for, and read by Jno. T. Richards. 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

Your committee on Sunday Schools submit the following : 
So much has been said and so many reports have been made to 
this Association in regard to the utility and importance of well 
conducted Sunday schools, that your committee have but little 
hope of accomplishing any good by any report they may submit 




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on this occasion. As compiled from the church letters to this 
meeting of the Association, it appears that of Ihe twenty-two 
churches making reports nine have Sunday schools, only two 
show the number of officers, teachers and pupils enrolled and the 
attendance of pupils, twelve churches not reporting at all to this 
meeting of the Association, and others reporting did not re- 
port fully on Sunday School work. Your committee would sug- 
gest to the church clerks ihat care be taken in the letters to give 
the statistics of Sunday School work in full. We would beg of 
you that ever)' brother and sister within the bounds of our Asso- 
ciation will take this all-important subject into prayerful consid- 
eration and endeavor by the help of God to organize Sunday 
Schools in every church within our Association. The work 
needs organization, and if we were thoroughly organized, with 
pastor and church united and harmoniously laboring in the cause, 
but a short time would pass before we would see every church in 
our bounds at work in the Sunday School. Brethren, let nothing 
interfere in the great work of Christ, and, your children will 
bless you, and as the church is the salt of the earth, the light of 
the world, we should afford them every opportunity within our 
power that they may the more successfully withstand the errors 
and temptations to which they will be exposed. 

Then, as wise servants, should we not, as far as possible, or- 
ganize Sunday Schools in every church, and supply them with 
the word of God and suitable religious literature, and thus arm 
them for the conflict before them? Brethren, we can do this if 
we will. If we do our whole duty on this subject we will not 
only have a conscience void of offense, but the satisfaction of 
doing good as we have opportunity. We advise to make it a 
special object of prayer that God may help us to do our duty. 
Second, that we advise every minister, and especially the pastors 
of the churches, to urge the Importance of the subject on their 
charges. Third, that we advise the churches all to work and co- 
operate with the ministers in this work. 

May God help us make all and every sacrifice of time and 

means for the accomplishment of this God honoring enterprise. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J no. T. Richards, ) „ m ... 
J. H. Fulleu, ! Committee. 

23rd. The report was discussed by Brethren Jno. T. Rich- 
ards, J. H. Fuller, N. J. Gattis, W. L. Crawford, J. A. Eaves. 
Samuel Butler, A. Sisk, Milton Roach, and adopted. 



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The report on Ministers' Institute being ready was read by J. 
McCord, chairman. 

REPORT ON MINISTERS' INSTITUTE WORK. 
The importance of institute work among preachers cannot 
be overestimated when one thinks of the good that comes out 

of it. 

Special attention is given to this work in several of our South- 
ern states. At our last Stato Convention an institute board was 
appointed and located at Opelika, with Rev. G. S. Anderson as 
corresponding secretary. 

These institutes are held in different localities throughout 
the state, and generally continued one week. The church 
wherever they are held gives free entertainment. No tuition is 
charged. Brother Anderson delivers two lectures each day on 
Sermon Structure, and other subjects are discussed from day to 
day by the different members of the institute. The blessings that 
come to the preacher from these institutes are blessings that come 
to the churches. 

Those who have given special attention to this subject be- 
lieve it is the quickest way to evangelize our state. 

We would recommend that an institute be held in this Asso- 
ciation some time next winter, and as the board is dependent on 
the voluntary contributions of the churches for aid necessary to 
carry on its work we recommend that each church make a con- 
tribution for this work and forward it to Rev. G. S. Anderson, at 
Auburn, Ala. J. M. McCobo. 

W. L. Cbawfobd. 

24th. The report was discussed by Brother J. M. McCord, 
and adopted. 

The report on Temperance being ready was read by E. J. D. 
Kennedy, chairman. • 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

Your committee on Temperance report as follows: Intem- 
perance is the immoderate or excessive use of or indulgence in 
anything, and we might say that in the general sense of the term 
is the chief cause of more evil than any other one thing, and 
more especially is this true in regard to the intemperate use of 
intoxicating liquors. The excessive use of intoxicating liquors, 
according to statistics, have blighted more human lives, and been 
the prime eause of the happiness of more homes to be wrecked, 
more wives to be left widows, more children to be made orphans, 




MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 13 



and, in a word, the cause of more general misery throughout the 
world than anv other one thing. 

But we note with pleasure that there is a strong sentiment 
prevailing with the masses of the people pointing and leading 
from this relic of barbarity and paganism to a higher plane of ni- 
tel licence and civilization; and more especially do we find this 
spirit prevailing in the Baptist churches throughout the whole 
country. But still there is room for more and even greater im- 
provement all along the line. 

And, brethren, we urge and insist that it is a duty that we as 
Baptist people owe to our Master and to our fellow-creatures to 
do all we can to stamp this monster evil from existence, both by 
precept and example, and in a few years this great destroyer of 
human happiness and health will be relegated to the background* 
and the consequent results will be higher aims and purposes in 
life, more prosperity, better health, peace and happiness. 

E. J. D. Kennedy, ) 
M. H. Davis, V Committee. 

A. W. Pogue, ) 

25th. The report was discussed by Brother W. L. Crawford. 
Pending the discussion the hour for preaching the missionary 
sermon having arrived, the body adjourned for ten minutes. 

As the church would not accommodate the large audience ser- 
vices were held in the grove, conducted by Brother J. W. Sand- 
lin. State Evangelist, as per appointment. After singing, the con- 
gregation was led in prayer by Brother J. W~. Sandlin. Singing 
by the congregation led bv D. S.Collins. Subject: "Robbing 
God." 

The brother selected as his text Malachi 3-8. : "Will a man 
rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But we say, wherein have 
we robbed Thee in tithes and offerings?" 

The services of the hour were edifying, and the brother 
preached a good, practical sermon, urging the brethren of our 
churches in the bounds of our Association to work and contribute 
of our means for the promotion of our Master's service. At the 
close of the sermon a collection was taken up for mission work. 
Amount-collected, $40.00. 

Brethren, let us thank God and take courage, for there is a 
bright day coming. We need only a united effort along all lines, 
and victory will crown our labors. May the God of peace smile 
upon the labors of our beloved brotherhood. — Clerk. 

26th. A motion was offered that the Association resume 



14 



MINITE8 OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER HAPTI8T ASSOCIATION. 



work of the body in the grove, whereupon the Moderator called 
the Association to order, appointing Brother J. A. Eaves as Mod- 
erator pro tem. 

27. On motion of W. L. Crawford the Association resumed 
the work of the body in the church. After a few minutes of 
intermission the Asseciation was called to order by J. A. Eaves, 
Moderator pro tem. 

The subject of Temperance being still before the Associa- 
tion, was further discussed hy Brethren J. M. McCord, D. S. Col- 
lins, M. Hill, M. Roach. Samuel Butler, C. Howell, and after a 
few remarks by the Moderator was adopted. 

Report on Obituaries was called for and read by chairman of 
the committee. 

We, your committee on Obituaries, submit the following re- 
port : We find from the church letters twenty-two deaths reported 
since our last meeting, to- wit: 

Bethel — John Bryant, Arrena Bryant, Nancy Middleton, 
Mollie Keid. 

Cave Spring — Frankie Hicks. 

Friendship — I.O.Owens. 

Gurley — 1). H. Echols, Louisa Walker. 

Harmony — Alsey Atkins. 

Mt. Zion — Kale Ambrester. 

Mt. Pisgah — .1. J. Beei-on, Lucy Rorex, Lottie Carter. 
. Mountain Grove — Julia Manning, James Sisk. 

New Hope — J. H Williams, Martha Vinson. 

Freedom — Liza Robertson, Liza Prince, Warny Prince. 

Scottsboro — W. A. Coffey. 

"Blessed arc the dead which die in the Lord, yea, saith the 
Spirit, they cease from their labors and their works do follow 
them." While we mourn the loss of dear ones, and feel a deep 
sense of our loss, we should bow with becoming submission to 
Him who doeth all things after the counsel of his own will, 
knowing 'that all things work together for good to them that 



love the Lord." 



I. Mathews. 
J. T. Bray. 



28th. On motion adopted. 

Preamble and resolution which was read by the Moderator 
(P. Brown)'iii honor of Brother J. J. Beeson, deceased : 

Whereas, since the last annual meeting of the Tennessee 
River Association it has pleased the Great Head of the Church to 



MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 15 



take from our midst and the field of his toils and his sacrifices our 
beloved brother and co-worker, Rev. J. J. Beeson; and 

Whereas, We deem it a duty and a melancholy pleasure to 
give some expression of our high appreciation of his Christian 
character and his untiring zeal and great efficiency while he 
labored with us in the cause of our blessed Master; be it, there- 
fore, 

Resolved, That in all the departments of Christian and min- 
isters! work he was faithful, zealous, exemplarv and more than 
ordinarily successful ; that as a missionary, as a delegate, in our 
business meetings, in the Moderator's chair, or in whatever duty 
he was called upon to act, he was prompt and wholly reliable. 
He gave freely of his time and means for the upbuilding of the 
church and the furthering of the cause of religion and the eleva- 
tion of mankind. Broad and liberal in his views, a friend of 
education, he was a power for good ii the community, and his 
real worth was not fullv known till he was gone from among us. 
Resolved, That this Association in which he had toiled and 
sacrificed more than a quarter of a century will cherish his mem- 
ory and try to emulate his pious life, his deeds of love and 
Christian character. 

Resolved further, That all the churches of the Tennessee 
River Association are earnestly requested to hold a special 
memorial service some time during this Associational year in 
memory of our departed and now sainted brother, and after a 
memorial sermon by the pastor others may have an opportunity 
of expressing their love and admiration of our departed brother. 
Be it further Resolved, That this preamble and resolution be 
spread upon our minutes and a copy of the same be delivered the 
bereaved family of our departed brother. 

Respectfully submitted, P. Brown. 

29th. On motion the Association adjourned until 8:30 a. m. 
tomorrow morning, with prayer by C. Howell. 



FOURTH DAY, MONDAY, OCT. 3, 1898. 

MORNING SESSIOV. 

30th. The Association met according to adjournment and 
was called to order by the Moderator. Praver by D. 6. Collins. 
The Tlerk not being present, on motion Milton Roach was ap- 
pointed Clerk pro tern. W. L. Crawford, as chairman of the Ex- 
ecutive committee, read the report of the board work. 



16 MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE KIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE'S REPORT. 

Your Executive committee would report that we have had 
our regular meetings in connection with the fifth Sunday meet- 
ings. At our first meeting we only had three members present. 
Since then we have only had two, myself and Brother Milton 
Roach. 

Now, brethren, for Christ's sake let us do better than that this 
Associational year, by each member of this board collecting all 
the funds he can and attending the m^tings of the board and 
helping to direct the affairs of our Association to the glory of 
God and the salvation of sinners by supplying our waste places 
with regular preaching. The past year we have supplied these 
places, collected $27.27 and paid out $19.50. Let us do much more 
than this during the year 1899. May God help us. 

Respectfully submitted, W. L. Craavfobd. 

3lsi. The report was discussed by Brethren \V. L. Crawford, 
J. A. E?ves, M. Roach, D. S. Collins, J. J. Cunningham, Samuel 
Butler, C. Howell and A. Sisk, and adopted. 

The report on Finance was then called for, and read by the 
chairman. 

REPORT OF FINANCIAL COMMITTEE. 

We, your committee, find that the churches have contributed 
for printing minutes the following amounts, to- wit: Bethel, $1.20 
Beech Grove, $1.10; Cave Spring, 95c; Center Point, 85c; Centen 
nial, $1.00; Freedom, $2.10; Friendship, $1.50; Gnrley, $1.50 
Goose Pond, $1.20; Harmony, $1.15; Hollywood, $1.75; Larkins 
ville, $1.00; Mt. Nebo, $2 10; Mt. Zion, $1.30; Mt. Pisgah, $1 00 
Mt. Moriah, $1.00; Mt. Ararat, $1.00; Mt. Tabor, 50c; Mountain 
Grove, $100; McCoy's Grove, 50c; New Hope, $1.00 ; Trenton, 
$1.05; Scott sboro, 80c. Total, $26 55. 

32nd. On motion a special collection was taken up for min- 
utes and expenses and for clerk. Amount collected, $10.50. 






MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 17 

REPORT OF THE TREASURER OF THE TENNESSEE 

RIVER ASSOCIATION. 

DR. 

To balance as shown by last report for Associational Mis- 

„ 8ion • $952 

Received at Harmony Church fifth Sunday meeting for 

Associational Mission 1 lb 

Received at Friendship Church fifth Sunday meeting for 

Associational Mission 10 00 

Received of Mt. Moriah Church for Associational Mission 86 
Received of Larkinsvilie Church for Associational Mis- 

sion.. , . . 2 00 

Received of treasurer Friendship Church for Missions 25 00 

" " " * " " - ... 14 58 

" " Mt. Nebo « »♦ « 3 (jq 

" Mt. Harmony " "Associational 

Mission 2 00 

Received of Harmony Church for Orphans' Home 1 00 

" Mt. Pisgah " V Foreign Mission 2 80 

" Home " 2 80 

" # Beech Grove ** " " - « 3 37 

" " Sunday's collection at Association 10 00 

Total • .$123 68 

CR. 

Paid Bro. McCloud by order J. J. Beeson $1 50 

" " Morris « " W. L. Crawford 3 00 

" ■ Collins •« ¥-■-■■:■« g w 

" " " " " fl '.'^'. .'.'.'.'.'.'. 4 00 

" " Lamb " " « 6 qq 

u " San (11 in for Missions, &c 64 18 

Forwarded to W. C. Bledsoe 28 37 

Total paid out $112~05 

Leaving a balance of $11.63 for Associational Missions. 
Note.— If amounts paid Brother Sandlin directly by the dif- 
ferent churches were added, the above showing would be con- 
siderably increased. 

Respectfully submitted, M. Roach 

Treas. Tenn. River Ass'n. 



«MBH 



18 MINI ES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



MISCELLANEOUS. 

A col action was taken up for Rev. S. M. Hasting, of Larkins- 
ville. A: lount collected, $4 00. 

33rd. On motion the Moderator appointed an Associational 
Executive committee to take into consideration any Associational 
work thai maybe referred . to them. The Moderator appointed 
P. Brown, Jno. T. Richards, W. L. Crawford, Milton Roach, J.J. 
Conning!): m, J. A. Eaves, C. Howell, E. J. D. Kennedy, Milton 
Morris, W B. Campbell. 

The M >derator appointed the following delegates to represent 
us in the b ate Convention and different Associations : 

State I onvention — Rev. J. M. McCord, Rev. W. L. Crawford 
Rev. J. A Eaves, Milton Roach. 

Mt. Cv niel Association — J. Berry, J. J. Cunningham. 

North liberty Association — Rev. J.M. McCord, F. R. Beeson. 

RESOLUTIONS. . 

On motion the following resolutions were adopted : 

1st.. Resolved, That at subsequent sessions of this body all 
delegates leaving the Association before its adjournment, the 
names of su -h delegates shall be dropped from the roll and not 
appear in * minutes. 

2nd. 1 solved, That all ordained ministers leaving- before 
adjournmei t their names shall be dropped from the ministerial 
roll. W. L. Crawford. 

3rd. R<>solved, That the thanks of this body be tendered the 
Moderator and Clerk for efficiency in their labors during this 
session. 

4th. I* ;solred, That our heartfelt thanks be tendered to this 
church am' community for their bounteous hospitality and kind- 
ness shown he delegates composing this body during our sitting 
with them. Milton Roach. 

There I stag nothing further to claim the attention of the 
Association, the Moderator addressed the brethren with parting 
words, at t ie close of which the following resolution was 
offered and d opted : 

Resolve i, That this Association do now adjourn to meet with 
Harmony cl urch Friday after the fourth Sunday in September, 
1899. 

"How i irm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord,"' was sung 
while the p rtiug hand was extended to the brethren, at the close 
of which pi iyer was offered by the Moderator, and the Associa- 
tion stood a journed. 

PRESTON BROWN, Moderator. 

JNO. T RICHARDS, Clerk. 



MINUTES OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 19 



ORIMINED MINISTERS AND THEIR POSTOFFICES. 



Brown, P., Hollywood, Alabama. 

Crawford, W. L., Tupelo, Alabama. 

Collins, D S., Cams, Alabama. 

Caves, Thomas, Fackler, Alabama. 

Eaves, J. A., Hollytree, Alabama. 

Hill, M., Scottsboro, Alabama. 

Howell, C, Francisco, Alabama. 

Sloan, L. W., Gurloy, Alabama. 

Morris, G. W., Kirb>'s Creek, Alabama. 

Starkey, C. T. 

Lamb, J. R., Nila, Alabama. 

Bain, G. W., Fabius, Alabama. 

Howell, R., Fackler, Alabama. 

Higginbotham, R. M.. Mud Creek, Alabama. 

Hastings, S. M., Larkinsville, Alabama. 

Irvin, L. B., Pisgah, Alabama. 

Roach, C. T., Pisgah, Alabama. 

Richards, Jno. T., Pisgah, Alabama. 

McCloud, James, Pisgah, Alabama. 

McCord, J. M., Gurley, Alabamp. 

Licentiate — N. D. Lamb, Nila, Alabama. 




20 MINUTES OK THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 



With grateful hearts we look back over the past, and now we 
turn our faces to the future. We need for each church and each 
member to realize that we are a part of God's life saving service. 
Yearn ago our fathers laid strong foundations, and we have en- 
tered into their labors. The great work of Christians is to win 
this lost world to Cod. Much h»s been accomplished, but we are 
not yet doing what we might do. May the spirit of the Lord 
come with saving power upon all of our work. We had, indeed, 
a very pleasant session, the spirit of love and harmony pervaded 
th« entire session, all our' interests were ably discussed, many 
impressive speeches made on the subjects presented by the reports 
of the various committees. This Association is fast coming to 
the front, and is destined in the near fnture to be one of the best 
associations in the state. • 

Throughout the bounds of our Association Set earnest prayer 
go up to (Jod that this year may be one in which His p< wer and 
presence may be graciously manifested on us and in i.s for His 
great work. P. BROWN, Moderator. 

JNO. T. RICHARDS, Clerk. 



STATISTICS OF THE TENNESSEE RIVEK BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1898. 



CHURCH. 



COUNTY. 



Beech Grove 

Bridgeport 

Bethel 

Center Point 

Centennial 

Cave Spring 

Freedom 

Friendship 

'Gurley 

Goose Pond 

Harmony 

Hollywood 

Larkmsville 

Mt. Nebo 

Mt. Zion 

Mt. Pisgah 

■Mt. Moriah 

Mt. Ararat 

Mt. Tabor. 

Mountain Grove. 
McCov's (Jrove.... 

New Hope 

Pleasant View 

Scottsboro. 

Ship of Zion 

Trenton 



Jackson Co., Ala. 



u u 

Madison Co*, 
Jackson Co., 



Ala. 

Ala.. 



Franklin Co-, 
Jackson Co., 



Tenn 
Ala 



PASTOR. 



CLERK. 



CLERK'S 
POSTOFFICE. 



C Howell O M Watson 



K Howell 

W L Crawford 

R Howell 

R Howell 

J A Eaves. 

W L Crawford. 

J M McCord 

M Hill 

R Howell 

R M Higgirilxit.ham. 
R M Higghibotham. 

J A Eaves.. 

W L Crawford 



DS Collins 
W A Pigg . 
I A Caves.... 
D S Collins. 
G W Bain. ... 
R Howell 



_ 41 
J=3J 

fi- 
ll 
5 



I W Campbell . 



G T Womack 

S P Vaughn 

W M Chandler 

Isaac M Sen tell.... 
Raymond Reid... 
W R Middleton.. . 

W T Roberts 

J L Walsh 

C M Hingginbotham 



E P Cowarf 

R C Hoi-ton 

C RFloweiv 

Jno T Richards.. 

A J Evetc 

W P Culver. 

J L Buckner 

J B Wilkinson ... 

H Blancet 

J F Terry 



Francisco, Ala. 



W W Howard Scottsboro, 



Kyles, Ala 

Scottsboro, Ala.. 
Coffey's Store, Ala. 

Estill Fork, * 

Fackler, m 

Gurlev, » 

Parks* Store, * 

Kyles, " 

Larkinsville, *» 

Bollytree, >* 

I laugher tv, *• 

Pisgah. * 
Xila, 

Liinroek, " 

Pa bius, * 
Iron Cap, Tenn.... 

Bloomington, Ala. 



"Increase. 



X 



LE Smith. 



Trenton, 



103 

109 

57 

58 

35 
132 
127 
108 

14 

47 

40 

12 

83 

57 
148 

56 

28 

23 

11 

68 

35 
32 ] 

13831 123 



1 5 



4 2 
2 



Decrease 



1 5 



1 



531 2| 3 38|29 



a. 

2 

I 

. Z 



4 


104 
98 




50 




58 


1 


87 




14ft 


1 


123 


2 


121 




18 


1 


50 




49 




19 




105 


1 


56 


3 


131 




78 




36 




33 


2 


56 




13 


2 


82 


1 


34 




61 1 


18 


1627 



SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 



3D £i 

u 

SB 



10 



i 
ft 
£ 



SUPERINTENDENT'S NAME 
AND POSTOFFICE ADDRESS. 



a 

2 
o 

a 

8 



6 
1 

s 
f s 

o - 



90 



m 



25 192 



J B Campbell, Fackler, Ala . 
W T Roberts, Gurley.' Ala.... 



tfeports Sunday School. 



J Cunningham, Holly tre?, Ala 

Jno T Richards, Pisgah, •» 
N D Lamb, Nila, * 



Reports Sunday School 

Reports Sunday School 

W W Howard Scottsboro, 



Yes 



Yes 

Yes 
Yes 



> 



a 

- 

1 

2 



Yes 

Yes 
Yes 

Yea 
Yes 

Yes 
Yes 



Yes 

Yes 
Yes 
Yes 
Yes 
Yes 
Yes 
Yes 



Yes 



corros 



Note.— I have gone over your letters several times to avoid mistakes, and give the report as I find it km 
-cspond with reports made last year, consequently a correct report cannot be given. The increase in me 



..i ven in your letters to the Association. I find that several of the reports do not 
•that may increase or decrease the above flgnres7 Brelhren; do" JSTftafto ^Jm^'Z^X FiSESlES be $!^* £ttrk? OWWeP ' the ™ ^^ * * ■ om " irre ^ ,aiitiea 



FINANCIAL EXHIBIT OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION FOR YEAR 1898. 






■ - 


MISSION'S. 


EDUCATION. 


e 

9 

a 

% 

a 
■ 

a. 

5 


■ 
I 

a 
a 

i 


HOME EXPENSES. 


TOTAL. 




CHURCHES. 


■ 
CO 


S 
a 
S 


1 


« 
s 



s 
.5 

< 


i 

■ 

SO 
S 


'2 

a 

i 


a 
a 
■ 

'3 

e 


30 . 

u 

IMS 


_ a 

i| 
*i 

G> CI 


6 

|-§| 

x £ 5 
£ 


VALUE OF 
PROPERTY. 








$ 8 82 












$ 1 101 1 $16 50 






*2J 92 

16 40 

ST. 40 

1 00 

21 92 
92 47 
85 23 

588 29 
1 20 

46 90 
8 20 

22 15 
124 60 

39 95 

47 91 
1 86 

24 05 

27 76 

6 00 

50 

29 60 

198 00 

31 05 


$600 00 




1 




Hatha! 














" 120 
85 

1 00 
95 

2 10 
1 50 
1 50 
1 20 
1 00 
1 75 

1 00 

2 10 
1 30 
1 00 
1 ( 

95 
50 

1 00 
50 

1 00 

80 
1 05 


15 20 
81 CO 




660 00 




65 








| 800 






i 













i 






$2 67 

84 20 
















18 :S0 

51 00 

82 75 

375 00 


"'"1 








6 17 

25 00 

5 81 


















... 


$16 08 


$ 500 


400 
1 50 


$67 68 


"$ 8 00 
1 10 










10 55 


$ 4 28 

8 50 


$50 45 


$58 97 






5 80 






30 50 
















6 45 

18 00 
44 40 
81 25 








Mt N'ebo 






1 00 
5 10 


2 16 






13 10 










62 00 




• 






1 66 

2 80 










1 85 
6 50 




Mt. Pisgall 


5 51 

«5 
. 26 


280 


86 








16 40 


8 06 


850 00 












21 45 

26 00 
5 00 




1 00 




M t Ta.hor 


zzz fczi? 






85 






Mountain Grove... 

McLov's Grove 

New Hope 
















3 50 


26 00 

117 9Z 

50 00 












14 45 


12 00 




36 00 


16 95 


1200 00 












1 


1 






i 


i 










.} 




Total 


|51 !Kt| $52 08 


SOS 15' $24 89 


S3 00 


$10 25 


$80 78 


$24 50 


$26 66 


$896 35 


$148 1st $75 32 


$1468 41 
40 00 


92710 00 




Sunday Collection at Association.. 




Grand Total 


$1508 41 





























Note.— The amount f money raised during the year, as reported by the letters, appears to be: For missions, 9201.5 1, and for all other purposes, 
according to the reports ■ * your letters, 91,236.90. Total with Sunday collection at Association, 91,508.41, an increase of 9161.34. I And that there are 
some irregularities in so ie of the reports. Please, brethren, to be more careful about this matter. — Clerk.